All The Best Cinco de Mayo Takeout Options on Long Island

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When I first started working in restaurants in New York, I quickly learned most of my coworkers came to the state from Puebla, a state in Mexico. So many people emigrated to New York from Puebla that the state adopted the nickname Puebla York—and they make up a significant portion of the state’s essential pandemic workforce.

In spite of this anecdote, or the fact that 17.1 percent of Long Island’s population identifies as Hispanic, West Coasters’ react to our Mexican food with scoffs and upturned noses. Sure, the tacos from Mariscos Jalisco in Los Angeles are worth the plane fare alone and burritos wrapped in San Francisco beat most of the food carts lining Brooklyn and Manhattan in flavor and freshness. But Long Island’s food scene is rich with tasty Mexican food, as varied as the country itself. 

Unironically falling on Taco Tuesday, this year’s Cinco de Mayo revelry will happen at a safe distance, from to-go containers carefully packed by masked restaurant workers for pick-up and delivery. And thanks to relaxed liquor laws, you won’t have to forgo a margarita or Modelo with your order. Restaurants are adding cocktails, wine, and beer to their to-go menus, making life at-home a little less dull. 

This is by no means an exhaustive list of the restaurants specializing in Mexican cuisine that remain open at this time, so if you’re favorite spot isn’t on here, give them a call and place an order—a small step to ensure their doors will still be open once the worst has passed:

Little Mexico

Little Mexico (in Westbury) was one of our favorite spots BC— Before Covid — to grab a margarita and plate of enchiladas before a concert at The Space at Westbury. Now we’re just grateful they’re open for pick-up orders of their regular food menu, plus their classic and fruit margaritas by the pitcher, half pitcher, and glass to round out your Cinco de Mayo at-home. Hours are 12-8, but we recommend checking their Instagram or calling ahead: 516-333-2038

Cactus Cafe

At their locations in Port Washington, Glen Cove and Medford, Cactus Cafe already runs a lean operation, even more so now that they’re open for curbside pick-up and delivery only. The limited service won’t stop us from crushing $5 burritos and Tecate—the restaurants are running a Cinco de Mayo 5 for 5 special. Customers get the choice of five burritos or quesadillas and five cold beers for $45. Order between 5 and 9 pm to partake in this deal, or order off the regular menu if what you’re really craving are tacos: cactuscafetexmex.com

Mattitaco

Out in Mattituck, East Enders looking for a meal that’ll feed the entire family without the full-sink aftermath should try Mattitaco. The restaurant is running packages of several sizes: one for a pair in the mood for four beers, two burritos and, of course, guac ($45) to a party pack including any four beers or bottle of wine, snacks, and six tacos ($55) to a family friendly meal of two cocktails, two booze-free drinks, and an assortment of food enough for at least four people ($100). Also available margaritas that pack a punch, like the watermelon habanero, and a pineapple mezcal sour that pairs well with the fried shishito peppers.

Del Fuego Tex Mex

Del Fuego Tex Mex, serving St. James, Babylon, Patchogue, and East Northport, will be opening for take-out and curbside pickup at 11:30 am for anyone who wants to begin the festivities a little early. The regular and happy hour menus will be available, including half-off select cocktails — I’m partial to the Bee’s Knees (pineapple-infused tequila, passion fruit, habanero-honey, and lemon) — and large format drinks and six-packs of tecate. Del Fuego also put together different packages that feed four (order by May 4), including build-your-own tacos, for the parents who have run out of activities for their out-of-school kids. 

Mesita

Platters, boxes, and growlers full of cocktails are the way to go for socially-distant takeout and Mesita in Rockville Centre is on board. They’re offering fajita or taco boxes, feeding four to six people depending on your hunger level, and each includes chips, salsa, rice, beans, your choice of hot sauce, and churros with chocolate dipping sauce — and instead of tableside guacamole, it will be curbside ($74.95). Sangrias are a la carte and sold by the glass and pitcher.

El Matador

Over in Patchogue, El Matador Restaurant will be serving up taco family meals from 12 to 8 pm for curbside pickup. The package feeds four people, with the option of chicken or steak, and includes all toppings and sides. And because no one wants a watered down margarita, “pitchers” will be packed in quart containers without ice. Add one to you Cinco de Mayo order, or their daily Family Meal special (24.95) of a whole rotisserie chicken, rice, salad, red beans, platanos and, even, penne a la vodka — because why not?

Lucharitos

In Greenport and Riverhead, Lucharitos is using Cinco de Mayo to debut their glass, refillable growlers (available in 16 and 32 oz) filled with their famous Lucha Marg Mix — available to late-comers and 200 lucky customers who got in on the sold-out Lucharito’s Cinco de Mayo box. But don’t fret if you missed out — we did too — the restaurant will be running to-be-announced specials all day as well as their regular menu for pick up and delivery.

And a few honorable mentions…

While not every restaurant on Long Island serves mexican cuisine year round, you can guarantee at least a few people who emigrated from Mexico are working the line or taking orders. So to honor their teams, restaurants across the island are shifting away from their regular menus to celebrate Cinco de Mayo:

2 Spring

Executive Chef Julian Rios will be preparing family recipes for a street-side taco bar from 4 to 8 pm in front of the otherwise posh New American restaurant. Tacos are all made-to-order and can be accompanied with a selection of frozen and chilled drinks, including their Frose that’s upgraded with hits of Campari, Lillet Rose and Ancho Chili Syrup ($15 per glass), and growlers filled with the Spicy Margarita, made with tequila, dry curacao, and espelette.

Post Office Cafe (Babylon), Maxwell’s (Islip), Southside Bar & Restaurant (Bayshore), and Finnegan’s (Huntinton)

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These restaurants are spreading the Cinco de Mayo love across the island with their Cinco Bundle ($50) that includes six tacos, with the choice of carne asada, crispy fish, and spicy tempura shrimp) and four margaritas (regular, spicy jalapeno, blood orange, and coconut).

Sandbar

Sandbar is offering a similar Cinoc Bundle for $50, but taco options are limited to carne asada and chicken while the margaritas are the same and as delicious as above. Pre-order by phone: 631-671-9427

 

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